Bolan Pass

Bolan Pass, a gateway to and from South Asia

Bolan Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.793m (5,884ft) above the sea level located in Balochistan province in western Pakistan. The pass has been used as a gateway to and from South Asia.

Located within the Toba Kakar Range of Balochistan province, the pass sits 120 kilometres far from the Afghanistan border. The road to the summit is paved. It’s called N65 (Quetta - Jacobabad Highway).  Adverse weather conditions are common. The Bolan Pass is only open at this time for locals and aid workers and it’s an alternative to the Khyber Pass further north. This area, as of mid-2012, is definitely not safe. Even with armed guards, travel is not recommended.

Which areas does the Bolan Pass connect?

It's important to be prepared on this road. At a distance of 120 km from the border of Afghanistan, Bolan Pass connects the Jacobabad and Sibbi to the Quetta city. This pass has a significant history background being a mountain pass, which connects the Central Asia and South Asia. Along Bolan Pass where the road winds through picturesque mountains one is reminded of the huge odds that the armies from Central Asia and the South must have faced in their raids on the plains of the present day Pakistan.
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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.